This year’s Elevate theme is workforce trends—with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Successful social-impact leaders must value innovation and efficiency while at the same time fostering an inclusive work environment that ensures every member of our workforce is able to contribute fully to the shared enterprise.

Sponsored by American Express, the 2019 Elevate virtual conference brings together social-impact professionals from all over the country to give us the tools and insights we need to build a stronger working environment.

Please use this page to log in-to the conference daily. We are excited to bring you live keynotes, on-demand sessions, a resource library, and an opportunity to build your own personal and professional network.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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Pre-Event On-Demand Workshop #1

Foundations of Equity (required pre-session) (Track: Personal Equity):

speaker-img Chad Nico Hiu Director of Diversity & Inclusion, YMCA of the USA
1:00 p.m. — 1:30 p.m. Central Time

Opening Keynote

HR Disrupted: It’s Time for Something Different (Track: Workforce Trends):

speaker-img Lucy Adams CEO, Disruptive HR
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On-Demand Workshop #2

Building a 21st Century Workforce (Track: Workforce Trends):

speaker-img Lisa Brown AlexanderCEO, Nonprofit HR
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On-Demand Workshop #3

The Multigenerational Workforce (Track: Workforce Trends/Organizational Equity):

speaker-img Jessica Rojas Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, YMCA of the USA
speaker-img Lauren Reyes District Executive Director, Y in Central Maryland
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Central Time

Live Chatroom #1

The Multigenerational Workforce, hosted by Lauren Reyes

3:00 p.m. —  3:30 p.m.  Central Time

Live Keynote #2

Race to Lead (Track: Personal/Organizational Equity):

speaker-img Sean Thomas-Breitfeld Co-Director, Building Movement Project
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Central Time

Live Chatroom #2

Race to Lead, hosted by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld

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On-Demand Movie Night #1

Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

Thursday, May 2, 2019

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On-Demand Workshop #4

Artificial Intelligence from A.I. to Z (Track: Workforce Trends):

speaker-img Susan Danish CEO/Executive Director, Association of Junior Leagues International
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On-Demand Workshop #5

Facts vs. Misperceptions: Understanding Your Implicit Bias and Its Impact (Track: Personal/Organizational Equity):

speaker-img Michael Gonzales Consultant, Speaker and Co-Founder, Diversity & Inclusion Consortium
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On-Demand Workshop #6

Diversity Without Inclusion Is not Effective (Track: Personal Equity):

speaker-img Thomas Hudson Policy Associate, Biden Foundation
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On-Demand Workshop #7

Machine Learning, Biased Algorithms and Data, Oh my! (Track: Organizational Equity):

speaker-img Jeanne Allen Jeanne Allen Consulting
2:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m. Central Time

Live Keynote #3

Leading Inclusively (Track: Organizational Equity):

speaker-img Ellen Kahn Director, Children Youth and Families Program, Human Rights Campaign Foundation
speaker-img Beck Bailey Deputy Director of Employee Engagement, Human Rights Campaign
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On-Demand Workshop #8

The Rise of the Human Factor (Track: Workforce Trends):

speaker-img Kay Sargent Senior Principal and Director of Workplace, HOK
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On-Demand Workshop #9

Developing DEI Partners and Allies through Inclusion (Track: Organizational Equity):

speaker-img Debbie Espinosa, CNP President & CEO, FIND Food Bank
4:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.  Central Time

Live Townhall Discussion #1

Making Equity Part of Your Mission (Track: Organizational Equity):

speaker-img Billy Linstead Goldsmith Director, Fair Trade Campaigns
speaker-img Jaye Hobart Grants and Project Manager, Woods Fund Chicago


speaker-img Mary Morten President, Morten Group
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On-Demand Movie Night #2: Woke Up Black

Friday, May 3, 2019

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On-Demand Workshop #10

The Gender Divide (Track: Organizational Equity):

speaker-img Kim Fountain Chief Operating Officer, Center on Halsted
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Central Time

Live Chatroom #3

The Gender Divide, hosted by Kim Fountain

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On-Demand Workshop #11

The Evolution of Training and Development (Track: Workforce Trends):

speaker-img Susan T. Schmidt, CNP President, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Central Time

Live Chatroom #4

The Evolution of Training and Development, hosted by Susan T. Schmidt

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On-Demand Workshop #12

Belonging at Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take (Track: Organizational Equity):

speaker-img Rhodes Perry Founder + CEO, Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Central Time

Live Chatroom #5

Belonging at Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take, hosted by Rhodes Perry

12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.      Central Time

Live Townhall Discussion #2

Disability Awareness and Trends (Track: Organizational Equity):

speaker-img Sachi Shenoy Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer, Upaya Social Ventures
speaker-img Karen Friedman Manager for Access & Ability, YMCA of the USA


speaker-imgJonathan Lucus
Senior Director of Workforce Programs, The Arc
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On-Demand Workshop #13

Equitable Hiring and Recruitment Practices (Track: Organizational Equity):

speaker-img Monique Ellington Director of Equity and Community Strategy, Service Year Alliance
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Central Time

Live Chatroom #6

Equitable Hiring and Recruitment Practices, hosted by Monique Ellington

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On-Demand Workshop #14

Overcome Your Experience Bias and Diversity Grow (Track: Workforce Track):

speaker-img Michael Simpson President and CEO, PAIRIN, Inc.
speaker-img Roy Dockery Vice President of Customer Care, Swisslog Healthcare
3:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.  Central Time

Closing Keynote

The Workforce of the Future (Track: Workforce Trends):

speaker-img Karl Colasante Health Industries Director, PwC

Frequently Asked Questions

No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet.
You will have access to log in starting May 1st using the email address you used to register for the event.
Send an email to for any technical assistance.
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
Social impact leaders across sectors with the addition of learners using the conference to satisfy requirements for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential.
Many of our presenters have shared their presentation as well as other resources. Please view their session in the Auditorium to see if they have made resources available. Additionally, there is a link to the on-demand presentations at the bottom of the On-Demand section in the Auditorium. We also encourage you to continue to view the Resource Library as we are continuously updating it with resources shared during the conference.
Absolutely! We are counting on you to invite others. Help us spread the word. They can continue to register using this link:
The event will remain open 24/7 for three days. Therefore, you can attend whenever it’s convenient for you during this period of time. All live sessions are available on-demand 2 hours following the session. The conference platform will also remain open to you up to 30 days after the close of the conference.